Medication Administration Part 1

Medication Administration Part 1


This module discusses the theories and principles of medication administration. The student will learn and be able to discuss the six rights of medication administration, how to tell when a patient may need medication and how to reinforce teaching regarding the use and side effects of medications taken. In addition, equipment, supplies and resources used in order to administer medication safely will be addressed.


Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to apply the nursing process to the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate the six rights of medication administration.
  • Observe and respond to a patient’s need for medication.
  • Care for equipment and supplies used to administer medication.
  • Assist the patient with self-administration of medications; reinforce teaching by the RN on the patient's medication, their expected effects and potential side effects.
  • Observe and communicate effects of medications.
  • Store medication properly.
  • Demonstrate use of medication resources.

Reading and Resources

Chapter 33 and 34, Pages: 629-642, 651-679, deWit, Susan C. Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing

Suggested Readings

LaDuke,S. (2009). Playing it safe with bar code medication administration. Nursing, 39(5), 32-34.

McKeon,L., & Cardell,B. (2011). Preventing never events: What frontline nurses need to know. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 9(1), 44-52.




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